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New York City Mayor’s Endorsements Spark Rumors of Possible 2012 Run

Photo Courtesy - City of New York(NEW YORK) -- With endorsements running the political gamut, speculation has arisen over whether New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for a possible 2012 presidential bid.

In a year of extremes, Bloomberg, an independent, has spent this election season endorsing moderate candidates for both parties. Such endorsements are, to many, evidence that Bloomberg is slowly expanding his political clout.

To date, his handpicked candidates include: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Meg Whitman, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California and former eBay CEO; Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo in New York; John Hickenlooper in Colorado and Martin O'Malley in Maryland; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo; Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., running for Senate in the Keystone State; and Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., running for Senate in the Prairie State. He has endorsed a sole Independent, Lincoln Chaffee, a candidate for governor of Rhode Island. 

Bloomberg’s centrist views may reflect those of a growing number of Americans, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. It suggests that the independent viewpoint is the fastest-growing political viewpoint in the United States.

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